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Published on April 22nd, 2014 | by The Trinidad Guardian

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Pan Trinbago owes pannists $2m for Pan is Beautiful XII

Pan Trinbago still owes $2.1 million in prize money and trophies to steel orchestras and participants of the Pan is Beautiful XII national steelband festival, held in November 2013. Now five months since the competition, the participating steel bands intend to meet on  Thursday 24 April 2014 to decide on what action they should take against festival organisers. The meeting will be hosted at the pan yard of third-place winners in the Single Pan Bands category, ‘D’ Original Woodbrook Modernaires, who are owed TT$70,000.

Pan Trinbago’s other creditors from the competition include first place winners in the Orchestras’ category, Codrington Pan Family; Golden Hands, winners of the Ensembles category and solo pannist Joshua Jabari Bedeau, who won the Soloists finals. Emond Berkeley, an executive member of the ‘D’ Original Woodbrook Modernaires, explained that it was only after the festival had ended, that “Pan Trinbago people told us that they did not get the money from the ministry.”

“They are telling us that the Minister reneged on his promise to give them the money,” he continued, “but our point is that the funding should have been secured before they had any competition.” Contacted for comment, Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism, Dr Lincoln Douglas would not respond to a question of whether his ministry had, in fact, committed money to Pan is Beautiful XII. He said he would need to speak to Pan Trinbago to find out what they are saying about the ministry, after which he may need to issue a press release.

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